Douglas D. Archbold

The goal of my research program has been to increase our knowledge of fruit crop physiology and production to provide a basis upon which fruit growers in Kentucky and elsewhere can improve efficiency, profitability, and sustainability. I have worked with apples, strawberries, blackberries, winegrapes, and pawpaws, and have focused my efforts in two areas: 1) carbohydrate metabolism of fruit crops as utilization of carbohydrates determines yield and harvest quality of fruit, and 2) postharvest quality and phytochemical content because the rapid changes following harvest may be the single largest cause of economic loss to fruit growers and reduced nutritional value to consumers.